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The Earl of Mercia (JD Wetherspoon), Coventry Central, Coventry

18 High Street
Phone: 02476433990

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Lloyds No. 1 (J D Wetherspoon)

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Delboy 20 left this review about The Earl of Mercia (JD Wetherspoon)

Very busy Spoons which is well described below. 4 guests alongside the usual suspects when I called - Strathaven Old Mortality, Bombardier, Silhill Hop Star and Byatts Gold. We tried the gold and the Hop Star which were both fine. Worth a visit.

On 15th January 2020 - no rating submitted
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Ian Mapp left this review about The Earl of Mercia (JD Wetherspoon)

Ticking off the GBG 2019 pubs of Coventry. This was #1.

All the bad thing you expect from a JDW - filthy tables, angry queuing at the bar, inexperienced bar staff shouting "who's next" not exactly helping.

What was a real disappointment was the beer. Elliswood Royal Standard was very poor.

Good location.

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On 1st October 2018 - rating: 2
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Earl of Mercia (JD Wetherspoon)

This is a well presented bank converted branch of Wetherspoons with a good location in the corner of the small square opposite the attractive Council House. Entering the pub you find yourself in a carpeted ground floor bar area with the servery along the back wall and some regimented rows of high tables and stools opposite, with standard tables and chairs under the front windows. There is a nice dark wood ceiling and a few support pillars through the middle of the room which breaks up an otherwise open space quite effectively. The servery has a long and rather plain counter and a fairly simple mirrored bar back and I think it's fair to say that there is a general sense of the underwhelming when comparing this venue to some of the chain's more opulent bank conversions. Stairs in the rear right corner lead up to a pleasant first floor seating area which looks down to the bar below and gives some nice views out to the aforementioned council building. The first floor area runs in an elongated U shape and offers almost exclusively small tables with regular chairs in two rows. Decor throughout is confined to the usual 'Spoons information boards and a few old local black and white photos but there were two or three TV screens all showing muted live rugby coverage on a Saturday evening visit. The pub was doing a roaring trade with a good mix of customers and was almost as busy when we returned on Sunday morning for breakfast, including a farcical queue running from the bar to the other end of the room which the bar staff directed me to when I tried to just get served at the bar like a normal person.
There were five guest ales on the Saturday evening, plus two of the inevitable 'Spoons regulars and one out of action pump. I tried Elland Beyond the Pale which was rather good and merited a second pint before we headed off elsewhere. As usual, the food here was reliable and filling but there was a slightly farcical element to the serving of the food, as someone had clearly moved some of the tables around, leaving the waiting staff with no idea where they were supposed to bring each order.
I liked this Wetherspoons although I thought it was remarkably similar to the Flying Standard at the other end of the city centre. The service could have done with a bit of polishing (especially the stupid queuing at the bar set-up), but this turned out to be a reliable stop off during our weekend in the city, enhanced by some good beer and pleasant views.

On 27th April 2017 - rating: 7
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Danny O'Revey left this review about The Earl of Mercia (JD Wetherspoon)

Nice two storey Wetherspoons with views over the central square. usual seating arrangements but the mezzanine level reduces the height from huge banking hall to comfortable pub in a good way.

Beer is very good, the service unfortunately average Wetherspoons.

On 27th February 2017 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Earl of Mercia (JD Wetherspoon)

Not a bad 'spoons on two levels, with the partial opening out to leave a balcony adding a bit of interest. There is also a reasonable amount of patio seating out front if the weather is conducive (which it certainly wasn't on this visit). The beer selection was better this time than last, however, with Kendrick's Porter (£2.20) and three from Grainstore supplementing the Ruddle's and Doom Bar.

On 21st November 2015 - rating: 6
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Aqualung . left this review about The Earl of Mercia (JD Wetherspoon)

This Spoons was originally opened as a Lloyds back in the Summer of 2000. I assume they changed it to a normal JDW when they opened the Spon Gate over at the Sky Dome complex. It's very obviously a bank conversion as you approach it and inside is one long room with an upstairs area that I didn't look into. It has an ornate red ceiling.
The bar has eight hand pumps with which had one unused, the two GK beers, Doom Bore, Hobgoblin, Three Castles Corn Dolly, Dorset Brewing Jurassic Dark And Sadler's Mud City Stout. I went for the Jurassic Dark (£2.35) and Mud City Stout (£2.55) which were in very good nick. Overall I thought this was a reasonably good Spoons.

On 14th October 2015 - rating: 7
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Roy Collins left this review about The Earl of Mercia (Lloyds No1)

this is no longer a Lloyds. Now officially a Wetherspoons!

On 26th June 2011 - no rating submitted
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